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Dec 22, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Many NY activists predict a friendlier legislative agenda for tenants, potentially both state and citywide. In November, Democrats regained control of the state senate. Will we we see some meaningful changes in Albany next year--a year when rent regulations are set to expire. Locally, the City Council appears to be flexing some muscle to crack down on unscrupulous landlords--a species that has exponentially increased since Mayor de Blasio started targeting low and middle income...
Topics: @TenantNet, @johnfisher, @NYSrentlaws, @rentstabilization, @reformrentcontrollaws,...
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Dec 21, 2018 ethics ain't pretty. Jillian Jonas
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In a rare victory against the powerful entrenched cultural and real estate lobbies in NYC, a NYS appellate judge JUST sided with a community group of activists on the Upper West Side against the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in its pursuit to expand into the nearby public park. Here to explain and discuss some of the other development issues they face is William Raudenbush, chairman of Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park. Saveourpark.nyc Host: Michael G. Haskins...
Topics: @SaveOurPark, @williamraudenbush, @AMNH, @AmericanMuseumofNaturalHistory, @AMNHGilderCenter,...
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Dec 19, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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As regular Morning Show listeners know, we focus a great deal on development, housing and many other land use-related issues--something we believe most news organizations either avoid, or only deliver a portion of a given story--for various reasons including fear of the all-powerful real estate industry. Today we’re following up on one of the many controversial, de Blasio-backed mega-project we’ve regularly covered: the massive city-proposed development in the Two Bridges section of...
Topics: @LESON, @davidtieu, @TwoBridges, @CSWA. @margaretchin, @NYCPlanningCommission, @galebrewer, @ULURP,...
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Dec 3, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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While The Morning Show has already examined the Amazon HQ deal, we don’t believe there has been sufficient coverage because there are so many important issues. One of the most of interest to us, is the deal’s use of so much taxpayer money--up to $3 billion through what can only be called corporate welfare--for a company that by all accounts, would have come here anyway. And that is commonly the case with many of the state and city’s tax incentive programs. Here to help us understand how...
Topics: @lynnellsworth, @HumanScaleNYC, @AllianceforaHumanScaleCity, @NYtaxincentivesforbusiness,...
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Nov 29, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Most WBAI listeners are quite aware of the disaster that is now NYC’s public housing system, known as NYCHA--widespread toxic mold, lead paint poisoning, broken hot water heaters and elevators...it goes on and on. This isn’t something that happened over night--it’s in part the logical outcome of 20 years of neglect by consecutive Republican mayors, as well as big federal funding cuts. But our ‘progressive’ mayor, Bill de Blasio--well into his second term--is increasingly looking...
Topics: @ProgressQueens, @louisflores, @NYCHA. @NYCHousingAuthority, @deBlasio2018NYCHAplan, @NYCHAandmold,...
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Nov 27, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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It’s been a while since Metro Mornings (aka The Morning Show ) focused a segment on Medicare, and we think now is a perfect time, post-midterm elections. With me now is Casey Schwarz, senior counsel for education and federal policy, at The Medicare Rights Center. https://www.medicarerights.org/ Helpline: 800-333-4114 Medicareinteractive.org Host: Michael G. Haskins Senior Producer: Jillian Jonas
Topics: @MedicareRightsCenter, @caseyschwarz, @2018midtermelectionsandMedicare, @GOPcorporatetaxcut,...
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Nov 24, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We tend to view public colleges in this country--such as they remain--as a ‘great equalizer’ to help close the gaps that exist between races and economic classes. However, a new report is casting serious doubt on this assumption. And, how are public colleges functioning within New York? With me is Michael C. Quinn, a senior analyst and co-author of the report, ‘ Our Separate and Unequal Public Colleges ’ at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce....
Topics: @USpubliccolleges, @SeparateandUnequalPublicColleges, @michaelcquinn,...
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Nov 20, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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It’s been a little more than a week since it was disclosed giant tech company, Amazon, decided to split its new headquarters between Virginia and here in Long Island City, Queens--at a price tag to taxpayers of up to $3 Billion, depending upon who is the source. The decision has been met with a decidedly mixed response, particularly from residents and elected officials who live in that borough. Opponents are also concerned with an already overtaxed infrastructure including the transit and...
Topics: @RWDSU, @RetailWholesaleDepartmentStoreUnion, @davemertz, @NYCAmazondeal, @LongIslandCityAmazonHQ,...
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Nov 15, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Yesterday, we discussed the local election results with Common Cause NY . Today, we’re taking on the national results of last week’s midterms with our special guest, friend-to-the-show, Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America. Welcome back. https://www.democracyforamerica.com/ Host: Michael G. Haskins Senior Producer: Jillian Jonas
Topics: @DFA, @DemocracyforAmerica, @jimdean, @2018midtermelections, @USHouseDemocraticVictories,...
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Nov 13, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Yes, it’s finally D-day--those critical midterm elections where we will determine whether or not Donald Trump will have check placed on him and his sham of a government. While we NYC voters have no real voting impact on this question, we do have local elections and included in them are three controversial ballot measures. With me to discuss them are two of our good friends, community activists Michael D.D. White, cofounder of Citizens Defending Libraries and Alicia Boyd, founder of The...
Topics: @aliciaboyd, @michaelddwhite, @CitizensDefendingLibraries, @MovementtoProtectthePeople, @MTOPP,...
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Nov 12, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Well, we’ve survived another election season and at least this one boded pretty well, especially in NY. Democrats resoundingly won control of the state senate--which could finally lead to some very progressive legislation on reproductive rights, the environment, gun control and government reform. (Personally, I won’t hold my breath on affordable housing issues for the people most in need or rent-regulations.) But, this is also a state with no version of same-day voting, and once again, the...
Topics: @CommonCauseNY, @sarahgoff, @2018NYelections, @2018democratswinstatesenate,...
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Nov 8, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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I think it’s pretty safe to say these days the GOP is aware it can’t win elections fairly--that it has to cheat through a myriad of methods.  Since 2010, 24 states have implemented voting rights restrictions.  One of the most effective has been through voter disenfranchisement and here to discuss this and other related issues is Abe Rakov, chair of the board of advisors for  Let America Vote , a national voting-rights organization which has been at the front lines working to make voting...
Topics: @aberakov, @LETAMERICAVOTE, @briankemp, @USvotersuppression, @USvoterdisenfranchisement,...
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Nov 8, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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I think it’s pretty safe to say these days the GOP is aware it can’t win elections fairly--that it has to cheat through a myriad of methods. Since 2010, 24 states have implemented voting rights restrictions. One of the most effective has been through voter disenfranchisement and here to discuss this and other related issues is Abe Rakov, chair of the board of advisors for Let America Vote , a national voting-rights organization which has been at the front lines working to make voting access...
Topics: Topics @aberakov, @LETAMERICAVOTE, @briankemp, @USvotersuppression, @USvoterdisenfranchisement,...
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Nov 5, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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I think it’s pretty safe to say these days the GOP is aware it can’t win elections fairly--that it has to cheat through a myriad of methods. Since 2010, 24 states have implemented voting rights restrictions. One of the most effective has been through voter disenfranchisement and here to discuss this and other related issues is Abe Rakov, chair of the board of advisors for Let America Vote , a national voting-rights organization which has been at the front lines working to make voting access...
Topics: @aberakov, @LETAMERICAVOTE, @briankemp, @USvotersuppression, @USvoterdisenfranchisement,...
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Sep 26, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Well, NY’s primary season is finally over and now that the dust has cleared, there were some pretty impactful results. By now, we all know Jeff Klein, the former leader of the Independent Leadership Conference (IDC)--which often caucused with Republicans--was defeated, as were most of the other members of the IDC. Pundits have been describing the all-powerful real estate industry as the biggest loser, but will its iron grip on state and city politics and policy really be loosened? With me to...
Topics: @lizkrueger, @NYStateSenate, @NYStateSenatorLizKrueger, @jeffklein, @NYandrealestatepower,...
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Sep 25, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Here at The Morning Show/Metro Mornings, we’ve covered quite extensively some of the issues and problems this city faces with its police force. That includes when the NY Civil Liberties Union first embarked on a research survey to understand disparate policing strategies for different neighborhoods--often dictated by race and economic bracket. Well, that survey is now completed and the data analyzed. Here to discuss this is Johanna Miller, advocacy director at the NY Civil Liberties Union...
Topics: @NYCLU, @NYCivilLibertiesUnion, @johannamiller, @NYPDpolicingsurvey, @StopandFrisk,...
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Sep 19, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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By now, anyone paying even just a little bit of attention knows about the Trump administration’s attacks on the environment--even on science. From trying to roll back Obama-era standards for clean cars and methane emissions; to its denial of climate change and pulling out of the Paris Accords; to a mandate forcing electric grid operators to use MORE coal and nuclear energy...it goes on and on. With me to discuss these issues, and how the courts have been the only entity to stop this careening...
Topics: @kenkimmell, @UCSUSA, @UnionofConcernedScientists, @UScleancarstandards, @USmethaneemissions,...
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Sep 18, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Here at The Morning Show / Metro Mornings , we’ve  discussed preservation issues quite extensively. It’s important to remember at this point in history how critical it is to protect and defend the past. It’s not just danger from the Trump Administration nationally; it’s also the dangers posed by a NYC government beholden only to the real estate industry. It’s also danger from a range of global problems like war, poverty and climate change. With me now to discuss what’s going on is...
Topics: @lisaackerman, @WorldMonumentsFund, @WMF, @historicalpreservation, @StatueofLiberty, @GowanusCanal,...
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Sep 13, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Residents of Chinatown and the Lower East Side are feeling empowered these days. “On the heels of the 85 Bowery victory,” they believe they can successfully fight the city over the mega-towers planned along the waterfront--a massive development project the city argues doesn’t require an environmental assessment. The role of the local CM, Margaret Chin, has been nebulous, as well. With me to catch us up as the community tries to fight City Hall is David Tieu, a member of the Lower East...
Topics: @davidtieu, @CSWA, @LESON, @LowerEastSideOrganizedNeighbors, @ChineseStaffandWorkersAssociation,...
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Sep 11, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The next guest is the director and a producer of the documentary Miracle on 42nd Street, narrated by the actor Chazz Palminteri--which focuses on the unique set of residential buildings known as Manhattan Plaza, located in the heart of the theater district and in what was once considered Hell’s Kitchen. The complex would eventually become housing primarily for artists. Could something like this be repeated? Welcome, Alice Elliot. http://miracleon42ndstreet.org/ https://www.mptenants.com/...
Topics: @Miracleon42ndStreet, @ManhattanPlaza, @aliceelliot, @chazzpalminteri, @ManhattanPlazaAIDSProject,...
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Sep 4, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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At The Morning Show, we’ve brought you story after story (too many, really) demonstrating abuses committed by the de Blasio administration--which has consistently shirked its responsibilities working for the residents of NYC--in favor of developers and landlords, the primary donor base. Tie in to 85 Bowery : Last week, we were able to update you about the harassed and displaced tenants at 85 Bowery, with a rare happy ending. These tenants received little-to-no relief from de Blasio’s...
Topics: @MTOPP, @aliciaboyd, @MovementtoProtectthePeople, @FLAC, @FlowerLoversAgainstCorruption, @85Bowery,...
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Aug 29, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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One of the more outrageous development projects in the pipeline is 80 Flatbush Towers--the massive complex which includes a building the size of the Chrysler building in low-scale, brownstone Brooklyn. Because important deadlines are fast approaching, as well as a big rally planned for later this week, we thought it important to again revisit the project. With me is Ben Richardson, a founding member of the Community Coalition of ‘B lock 80 Flatbush Towers ’ and a b oard member of the Fort...
Topics: @Block80FlatbushTowers, @benrichardson, @SaveOurSunlight, @BoerumHillAssociation, @NYCCouncil,...
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Aug 28, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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For more than a year, The Morning Show has been consistently covering the terrible plight of the tenants at 83-85 Bowery. These mostly Chinese and working-class residents have been put through the ringer by a slumlord who bought the buildings--which are predominantly rent-stabilized--thinking he’d be able to easily and quickly evict them, with the goal of charging higher rents. However, the courts in particular have consistently gotten in his way. Ultimately, the landlord realized he...
Topics: @zishunning, @85bowery, @josephbetesh, @YouthAgainstDisplacement,...
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Aug 22, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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As the U.S. Senate gears up for the September confirmation hearings of DC Circuit Court of Appeals justice, Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court to replace Anthony Kennedy, women’s groups across the country are mobilizing. Not since perhaps the nominations of Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas have incited (or inspired) such focus and organization. Kavanaugh is unusually unpopular within the country, and since his views against reproductive rights and Roe v Wade are well-known, conventional...
Topics: @jillfilipovic, @katharinebodde, @NYCLU, @SCOTUS, @brettkavanaugh, @RoevWade, @USglobalgagrole,...
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Aug 21, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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As we discussed last week, despite overwhelming community opposition, the full NY City Council voted in favor of both the Inwood Upzoning and the Union Square Tech Hub. In both cases, the local council member lead this approval. In the case of Inwood, the CM, Ydanis Rodriguez, always seemed to favor the upzoning. However, in the case of the tech hub, that local CM, Carlina Rivera, made it a campaign pledge last year to win this seat that her approval would be contingent on the city putting into...
Topics: @GVSHP, @andrewberman, @carlinarivera, @ydanisrodriguez, @unionsquaretechhub, @inwoodupzoning,...
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Things haven’t really been working out for NYC’s communities, or rather, the people living in them. As we have been diligently covering, hugely unpopular development projects and rezonings keep getting proposed by the de Blasio administration, on behalf of developer friends and donors. Even worse, these projects are getting approved, facilitated by agencies within and controlled by de Blasio, like the City Planning Commission. And, they have had help from other elected officials like...
Topics: @BoerumHillAssociation, @HumanScaleNYC, @AllianceforaHumanScaleCity, @howardkolins,...
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Jul 11, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Since the last time these guests were on The Morning Show in April, the Department of City Planning went ahead and approved Mayor de Blasio’s upzoning which will massively alter the Inwood neighborhood in Northern Manhattan.  With me are Maggie Clarke, a founder of Inwood Preservation, and Katherine O’Sullivan-- who wears several different hats, including with Save Inwood Library, Northern Manhattan is Not 4 Sale and Human Scale-NYC. https://www.facebook.com/groups/inwoodpreservation/...
Topics: @inwoodpreservation, @maggieclarke, @katherineo'sullivan, @saveinwoodlibrary, @humanscale-nyc,...
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Jul 10, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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It’s been a while since The Morning Show did an in-depth segment on some of the most significant housing, real estate and land use issues we’re facing in the city--apart from all the de Blasio administration’s upzonings, it’s unyielding push for over-development, and an ‘affordable housing’ plan not designed for the people who actually need it. With me now is friend-to-the-show, John Fisher, creator and publisher of TenantNet , to catch us up on matters about which we should know....
Topics: @TenantNet, @johnfisher, @crowleydefeatandrealestate, @alexandriaocasiocortez,...
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Jul 6, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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In a not-unexpected ruling issued last week, the US Supreme Court decided in the case, Janus v AFSCME, against unions by deciding that public sector employees cannot be forced to pay union dues. With me to discuss the ruling, its implications, and the future of American unions and related organizing, is Chris Policano, director of communications at DC 37/American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)--NYC’s largest public employee union. http://www.dc37.net/ Host:...
Topics: @SCOTUS, @USsupremecourt, @JANUSruling, @AFSCME, @DC37, @chrispolicano, @publicemployeeunions,...
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Jul 3, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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When the NY State’s legislative session ended last month, it came as no surprise that several really important issues remained unresolved. That included adding more speed cameras near NYC schools, and as a result of inaction, the pilot program for all current cameras will expire this summer; closing the infamous LLC loophole and other kinds of government reforms; and reconstituting the inherently unfair system for bail. With me now is Elena Weissman, director of the Bronx Freedom Fund, to...
Topics: @elenaweissman, @BRONXFREEDOMFUND, @nysbailreform, @BAILPROJECT, @bailascollateral,...
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Jun 27, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Despite the fact that library branches are city assets, that hasn’t stopped two consecutive mayoral administrations from selling them off for the valuable real estate. While we have discussed this issue extensively on The Morning Show , our next guests are here to update us some of the latest twists involving the Science Library, branches in midtown, Brooklyn and Inwood and those notorious disappearing books...Welcome, Michael D.D. White, co-founder of Citizens Defending Libraries and...
Topics: @michaelddwhite, @theodoregrunewald, @citizensdefendinglibraries,...
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Jun 26, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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It’s been several months since our next guest was on The Morning Show , and like the title of his latest best-selling book, It’s Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, it is, in fact, so much worse. Welcome, friend-to-the-show, David Cay Johnston, founder of DC Report . DCREPORT.ORG Host: Michael G. Haskins Senior Producer: Jillian Jonas
Topics: @davidcayjohnston, @zerotolerancepolicy, @dcreport, @itsworsethanyouthink,...
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Jun 19, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Since the Giuliani era, the city has followed an unofficial policy that tourism is more important than the so-called ‘quality of life’--to use Rudy’s own mantra--of those of us who actually live here--a priority in evidence for some 20+ years now. So this makes the next subject difficult to comprehend on a certain level: the prospect of harming a huge tourist attraction, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. At the same time, however, given NYC’s real estate industry is now our shadow...
Topics: @brooklynbotanicgarden, @MTOPP, @aliciaboyd, @movementtoprotectthepeople, @tallbuildingsshadows,...
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Jun 19, 2018 ethics ain't pride, Jillian Jonas
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Next year will mark the 50th anniversary since the Stonewall Riots changed the world. In what many are describing as a test run for next year’s celebrations, the parade organizers, Heritage of Pride (HOP) have made some significant changes--behind closed doors, with the New York Police Department (NYPD). And people are angry about these changes--which include shortening the parade route--and how they were made. With me is Natalie James, an organizer with the Reclaim Pride Coalition and a...
Topics: @nycgayprideparade, @reclaimpridecoalition, @commercializationofpride, @heritageofpride,...
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Jun 15, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Last week, the US Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, overturning a Colorado state Civil Rights Commission decision which said the owner of the bakery “unlawfully discriminated” against a same-sex couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake. That case was overturned based on what the justices perceived as Colorado government’s “hostility” to religion. So, what are the implications of the decision, what does it mean when legal experts...
Topics: @arthurleonard, @ussupremecourt, @SCOTUS, @masterpiececakeshopdecision, @justiceanthonykennedy,...
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Jun 13, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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At the Morning Show , we’ve tried consistently to keep you abreast about land use and development issues which we believe to be critical coverage in the age of Bill de Blasio. Today’s focus is on the once-mighty Garment Center district in midtown Manhattan as the city just announced a ‘deal’ to preserve a small portion. But is this deal really a case of the fox protecting the hen house? With me is Charles Beckwith, director of communications at Save the Garment Center. He also hosts the...
Topics: @savethegarmentcenter, @charlesbeckwith, @nanettelepore, @fashionbusinessecosystem,...
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Jun 7, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The next guest is our go-to expert on all things related to parks in NYC. Here to discuss issues like crime, drug use and city parks serving as paraphernalia repositories is friend-to-the show, Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Parks Advocates . He also discusses the lack of accountability--particularly regarding the Parks Department's capital budget and the frequent delays to get projects completed, how specialized employees can be unlicensed (but shouldn't be) and "conservancy...
Topics: @geoffreycroft, @nycparksadvocates, @nycparksdepartment, @jointlyoperatedplaygrounds,...
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Jun 6, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Here at The Morning Show , we’ve been one of the few local news and public affairs organizations to bring you consistent in-depth coverage about the goings-on at 85 Bowery--the travesty about the Chinatown rent-stabilized tenants forced out of their homes while the city literally stood by and watched. Here to bring us perhaps some good news and an update is Sarah Ahn, an organizer with the Coalition to Save Chinatown and the Lower East Side . https://peoplefirstnyc.org/...
Topics: #85bowery, @coalitiontosavechinatownandthelowereastside, @tenantsonhungerstrike,...
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May 5, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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These are tenuous times for the country as a whole, especially for the nation’s poor. As NY state and NYC become increasingly unaffordable for the people who actually live here, one organization is working to improve the lot of many working and poor NYers: The New Economy Project (NEP) , which “works with community groups to build a new economy that works for all, based on principles of cooperation, democracy, equity, racial justice, and ecological sustainability.” With me is the...
Topics: @NewEconomyProject @andymorrison, @publicbanking, @cdfi, @bankredlining, @paydayloans,...
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May 1, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We’ve been discussing a lot of issues related to land use in NYC of late, though it’s an area we at The Morning Show have been covering in depth for several years now--if only because most of our local press corps either ignores or minimizes the significance of such issues. With me today is friend-to-the-show, Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation , to give us some updates as well as explain why who the next Landmarks chair will be is...
Topics: @andrewberman, @gvshp, @greenwichvillagesocietyforhistoricalpreservation,...
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Apr 27, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Here’s a question for you--can you imagine constructing a building as big and tall as the Chrysler Building in the middle of a low-scale, residential brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood? Neither can we, but that’s what is being proposed by a private developer and a government entity, the little-known,   Education Construction Fund (ECF) for a block in Boerum Hill across from Ft. Greene. With me is Ben Richardson, a founding member of the community coalition, Block 80 Flatbush Towers, created...
Topics: @flatbushtowers, @80flatbushtowers, @educationconstructionfund, @brownstonebrookklyn,...
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Apr 25, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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WBAI listeners are extremely well informed, so we invariably know about the Trump administration’s assault against the environment on a myriad of fronts. With me now to discuss some of this--and equally important--what’s been happening on the state level since the budget was recently passed are: Peter Iwanowicz, executive director Environmental Advocates of NY, and Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director, Food and Water Watch and Food and Water Action. EANY.ORG    ...
Topics: @environmentaladvocatesofny, @foodandwaterwatch, @nysandclimatechange, @andrewcuomoandenvironment,...
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Apr 24, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Many actual NYC residents believe over-development has been ratcheted up to out-of-control levels. Because so many of us feel this way, we at The Morning Show feel it’s our obligation to try and keep up with all the goings-on, and have increased our focus and time spent discussing this topic. Whether it’s because of Mayor de Blasio’s rezonings--you heard about Inwood last week--or under the guise of ‘affordable housing,’ and even through the sale of air rights, what many of us...
Topics: @olivefreud, @committeeforenvironmentallysounddevelopment, @CESD, @museumofnaturalhistory,...
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Apr 18, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The latest controversial de Blasio administration rezoning plan targets the Inwood neighborhood in Upper Manhattan--which has the largest number of rent regulated apartments in the whole city. As with previous rezonings, the community is almost unanimously opposed, both with the details and the process. And as with previous rezonings, the community has created a list of recommendations to safeguard the neighborhood. But, if history has proven anything, the mayor and his developer-friendly team...
Topics: @inwoodpreservation, @inwoodrezoning, @deblasioandinwood, @saveinwoodlibrary,, @inwoodrezoning,...
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Apr 16, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We’ve talked quite extensively on The Morning Show about how difficult NYC is to the disabled. Whether it’s trying to get around the city with a subway system closed off to millions; a poorly-run para-transit program; uneven sidewalks where mandated curb cuts aren’t maintained; or even participating in our political and election process, NYC has consistently failed the disabled community. With me now is Edith Prentiss, president of Disabled in Action , an advocacy group involved in...
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Apr 13, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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It’s never been easy to be a cab driver in NYC. There are long hours, low pay, rude passengers and navigating (no pun intended) through endless regulations, fees imposed from above which often come out of their own pockets, and dealing with hostile police. But conditions are worse now than ever, and recently FOUR drivers have committed suicide. With me is friend-to-the show, Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) to discuss what the city and state...
Topics: @nytwa, @taxidriversuicides, @nycongestionpricingplans, @appbasedridesharing,...
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Apr 4, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We’ve talked a lot on The Morning Show about the unbridled development--and over-development--we see going up around us all over the city. Between the power of the real estate industry and a city government only too happy to serve it--even facilitate it--it’s understandable if we average New Yorkers feel besieged. So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we have to now add state government into the mix--though Senate Republicans have never been particularly concerned about NYC...
Topics: @lynnellsworth, @humanscalenyc, @floortoarearatio, @FAR, @nycbuildingheightcaps,, @humanscalenyc,...
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Mar 29, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Yesterday we told you about how the NYC Landmarks Commission is voting today about changing its rules to limit public input, so please make sure you contact the Commission members in opposition. Today, we’re focusing on one of the areas in the city that people are fighting to preserve: Tin Pan Alley --one of the most celebrated and storied pieces of NY’s cultural history. With me is George Caldero, project head of the Save Tin Pan Alley Initiative and board member of the 29th Street...
Topics: @savetinpanalley, @georgecaldero, @NoMad. @georgegershwin, @sheetmusic,...
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Mar 26, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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In still another assault against preserving the city’s history, the Landmarks Commission or LPC is now considering changing the review process to limit the public’s input in deciding what neighborhoods or sites are worth of such status. And they’re holding the vote TOMORROW! With me now is Theodore Grunewald, an independent preservation advocate in New York City who is trained as an architect. For advocacy, GVSHP.ORG: connects to letters, petition; NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission...
Topics: @nyclpc, @nyclandmarkspreservationcommission, @landmarkingstandards, @nyclpcrulechanges,...
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Mar 22, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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By now we know NYC is an incredibly segregated city--especially in the way our education system ‘works.’ And, that’s something we progressives have to struggle with and keep working to solve. But did you know there’s an increasing trend in the nation to ‘re-segregate’ schools? In February, the federal 11th Circuit Court reversed a district court’s ruling which permitted a town in Alabama from seceding from the school district. One of the attorney’s who worked on the case is here...
Topics: @naacpldf, @usschoolresegregation, @stoutvjefferson, @chriskemmitt, @usschoolsegregation,...
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Mar 22, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Earlier this year, there was a plethora of local press coverage recounting the appalling plight of rent-regulated tenants in a Chinatown building--who were evicted because of poor conditions. Well, fast forward a few months and you’d never know these displaced tenants are STILL displaced, as the media has seemingly lost interest in their struggle--a situation that has been made worse by the city. With me to update us are two community organizers who have been fighting in the trenches for...
Topics: @youthagainstdisplacement, @nationalmobilizationagainstsweatshops, #85Bowery, @josephbetesh,...
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Mar 14, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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By now we’ve all heard about the Trump Administration’s cruel proposed cuts to food stamps and federal food programs by a minimum of $213 billion, affecting 16 million American households. Even worse according to advocates, is the Trump idea to change even the structure of how food aid is delivered to the nations neediest, switching EBT benefits for food assistance to “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month,” which a Daily News editorial called “the big box...
Topics: @hungerfreeamerica, @SNAPprogram, @foodstamps, @americasharvestbox, @usfoodassistancecuts,...
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Mar 13, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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In a state that prides itself on its progressivism, it’s rather ironic disabled and elderly New Yorkers have needlessly difficult lives--in part because of what our local governments do--or don’t do. The state has shortchanged and underfunded both independent living centers and the Long Term Care Ombudsperson Program for decades--which is really the only means residents and their families have for recourse, enforcement and oversight of New York’s nursing and adult homes and assisted...
Topics: @cidny, @susandooha, @centerforindependenceofthedisabled, @masstransitanddisabled,...
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Feb 5, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Based on such an assessment, the U.S. probably wouldn’t be highly ranked--but the situations is improving, at least for animals who live in many of the nation’s shelters. Our next guest is a man who has spent much of his career advocating for animals, and is the founder and executive director of the No Kill Advocacy Center, an organization whose primary goal is to create a...
Topics: @nokillanimalshelters, @nokilladvocacycenter, @nathanwinograd, @animaleuthanasia,...
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Jan 30, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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As we head into Black History Month , The Morning Show is so pleased to have our next guest, acclaimed Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of the critical book, I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, about the 2014 murder of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD, and its aftermath. RollingStone.com @mtaibbi Host: Michael G. Haskins Senior Producer: Jillian Jonas
Topics: @matttaibbi, @ericgarner, @icantbreathe,@nypd, @icantbreathe, @ericgarner @rollingstonemagazine,...
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Jan 24, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The Morning Show thought it important to fit in at least one segment about local housing and development issues before the next drive, and I think we cover these issues in-depth, and in ways the mainstream press tends to under-report or ignore. To help us in this discussion is John Fisher, creator of Tenant.net , and Alicia Boyd, founder of the Movement to Protect the People. Welcome back both of you. Tenant.net Mtopp.org
Topics: @nyctenantsrights, @nycheatandhotwaterrules, @311, @hpaction, @nychousingcourt,...
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Jan 23, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We are so honored to have our next guest, who is taking time out of his invariably busy schedule promoting his new book to appear on The Morning Show. Already ranked at number two on Amazon, It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America , is the latest by friend-to-the show, pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston. He’s also author of the NYTs bestseller, The Making of Donald Trump and founder of DCreport.org , to keep watch...
Topics: @davidcayjohnston, @itsevenworsethanyouthink, @whatthetrumpadministrationisdoingtoamerica,...
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Jan 17, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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By now, it’s impossible to ignore the issue of bullying, especially when it seems like normal behavior from the nation’s chief executive, Donald Trump. Bullying and discriminating against those who are different have been the basis of his political playbook for years now, so no one should be surprised how it’s permeating throughout the country. Even in a so-called progressive bastion like NYC, reports of bullying in public schools jumped 10%, with roughly 80% of students reporting they...
Topics: @advocatesforchildren, @genamiller, @afc, @studentbullying, @dignityforallstudentsact,...
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Jan 10, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Practically anyone who works in NY’s criminal justice system will tell you it’s highly dysfunctional, unfair, and slow. So, Governor Cuomo’s new reform proposals included in last week’s state of the state address were very welcome. But was it all just talk, as have been many other pledges in the past? Here to explain is Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society. Welcome back. LEGAL-AID.ORG
Topics: @legalaidsociety, @justineluongo, @tinaluongo, @nycriminaljusticereforms,...
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Jan 9, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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These are troubling times for reproductive rights in this country. American society is divided over not just abortion, but even over something as basic as contraception--which is often used not for birth control, but for health problems. Though New York has traditionally served as a respite in this area, there are still serious concerns. Our next guest returns to discuss where we are as a state and city on these matters. Welcome back, Katharine Bodde, Senior Policy Counsel at the NY Civil...
Topics: @nyclu, @katharine bodde, @nycomprehensivesexeducation, @ACAcontraceptionmandate,...
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Jan 3, 2018 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We’re very lucky to have our next guest. Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger is one of the few elected officials remaining who has consistently represented not only her constituents, but progressive values, all while eschewing the immense power and control of the real estate industry. Welcome back to the show, and happy new year.
Topics: @lizkrueger, @nyssenate, @nyssenatedemocrats, @nyssenateidc, @federaltaxplan,...
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Dec 26, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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In a move that was unfortunately expected, President Trump earlier this month announced his intent to dramatically shrink two national monuments in Utah, the largest reduction of public-lands protection in U.S. history. That translates into about 85% of the designation of Bears Ears and nearly 46% for Grand Staircase-Escalante. Trump’s plan prompted immediate legal action by conservation groups and Native-American tribes. With us to discuss what the administration is up to including opening...
Topics: @wildernesssociety, @danhartinger, @grandstaircaseescalante, @bearsears, @usantiquitiesact,...
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Dec 20, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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While the 2017 local elections are over, there’s a very important race heating up for early next year: the selection of NYC Council Speaker. As in years past, this decision is being made behind closed doors by county bosses with input from the Real Estate Board of NY or REBNY--which has become the most powerful lobby in the city and state. With me to discuss this race and its implications is friend-to-the-show Steve Barrisons, e xecutive vice president & spokesperson of the Small Business...
Topics: @2017nycscouncilspeakersrace, @smallbusinesscongress, @rebny, @coalitiontosavenycsmallbusinesses,...
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Dec 19, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Non-profit organizations in NYC are in crisis but many of us are unaware of what’s happening. These are the groups the city and state contract with to deliver services for vulnerable populations like seniors, the poor and the disabled--running homeless shelters or providing after-school programs for children. These programs affect the daily lives of many city residents. But the question is why is the situation so dire, and what role do the governments of the city and state play? To explain is...
Topics: @allisonsesso, @humanservicescouncil, @FEGS, @NewYorkNonprofitsintheAftermathofFEGS, @GovGrader,...
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Dec 1, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The De Blasio administration appears to have set its sights on the borough of Queens, now that decimation of what we once knew as Manhattan and Brooklyn is about complete. Fortunately, residents of that borough have learned some lessons, in part by watching what happened during the Bloomberg and now de Blasio years of development-at-any cost. It is now the rule, not the exception, for our mayors to work for private developers--their donors--ahead of the constituents they are supposed to serve....
Topics: @queensantigentrificationproject, @progressqueens, @jamesvanbramer, @rebny, @louisflores,...
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Nov 30, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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WBAI will be heading into another pledge drive in December which means no original programming. So, we’d like cover a few topics before the drive, to give you a status report. One of those issues is what’s happening with the city’s public libraries, which the de Blasio administration seems hell bent on destroying for the real estate values. With us is friend-to-the show, Michael D.D. White, co-founder of Citizens Defending Libraries , to discuss matters like what the NYPL is doing to the...
Topics: @nyclibraries, @citizensdefendinglibraries, @michaelddwhite, @inwoodlibrarysale, @inwoodrezoning,...
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Nov 28, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Did you know every year, more than 20 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted runoff bypass the city’s sewage treatment plants, ending up in waterways like the Hudson River and East Rivers, Bronx and Harlem Rivers, the Long Island Sound, Jamaica and Flushing Bays, the Gowanus Canal, and Newtown Creek? Did you also know NYC’s plan to ‘fix’ the problem is based on out-dated science and environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are suing the city? Here to...
Topics: @nrdc, @naturalresourcesdefensecouncil, @larrylevine, @nycwaterways, @nycdep, @nysdec, @nycsewage,...
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Nov 13, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Medicare’s Open Enrollment period recently began, all while the Trump/GOP’s tax plan includes potential massive cuts to programs like Medicare. Our guest is here to explain how to navigate the system including during Open Enrollment; what Medicare' s prospects are, the Benes Act, and how this organization helps people obtain their rightful benefits everyday. Welcome, Fred Riccardi, Director of Client Services of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights). Medicarerights.org Medicare...
Topics: @medicare, @medicarerightscenter, @fredriccardi, @medicareopenenrollment, @benesact,...
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Nov 13, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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NYPD data recently examined by a children’s advocacy organization revealed serious racial disparities in the way the police department responds at schools to kids in distress or ‘ children in crisis interventions ’--defined as incidents of students in emotional crisis who are sent to hospitals for psychological evaluations. For example, researchers found students of color represent 100% of the children ages 5-12 who were handcuffed within NYC public schools, though they only account for...
Topics: @afc, @advocatesforchildrenny, @ChildreninCrisisPoliceResponsetoStudents, @dawnyuster,...
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Nov 7, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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While many of us realize tomorrow is election day, few may be aware there are some important proposals on the ballot. Executive director of  Environmental Advocates, Peter Iwanowicz, explains them, including the pros and cons and where his organization stands--particularly concerning Proposal #1 to convene a Constitutional Convention and Proposal #3 approving the creation of a land trust. eany.org
Topics: @2017nysballotmeasures, @peteriwanowicz, @environmentaladvocatesofny, @nysconstitutionalconvention,...
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Nov 6, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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While many of us realize tomorrow is election day, few may be aware there are some important proposals on the ballot. Executive director of Environmental Advocates, Peter Iwanowicz, explains them, including the pros and cons and where his organization stands--particularly concerning Proposal #1 to convene a Constitutional Convention and Proposal #3 approving the creation of a land trust.
Topics: @2017nysballotmeasures, @peteriwanowicz, @environmentaladvocatesofny, @nysconstitutionalconvention,...
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Sep 29, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We’ve talked a lot on The Morning Show about the deficiencies in two of the city’s more important agencies that deal with land use matters: the Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)-----and especially how both seem to be working increasingly on behalf of developers and property owners, and not so much for the betterment of the city. The next guests will explain why they recently filed a lawsuit against the Landmarks Commission and the suits...
Topics: @tribecatrust, @lynnellsworth, @michaelhiller, @hillerpc, @humanscalenyc,...
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Sep 25, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Tomorrow is primary day. Many think incumbent NYC Mayor de Blasio is cruising on his way to a second term, but we think this man will surprise everyone. Whether he’s speaking out about saving the city’s libraries from private developers, advocating to clean up the disastrous municipal animal shelter system or trying to protect our community gardens--and many others--Sal Albanese is talking about all those little issues about which Bill de Blasio would prefer you not to know. Next on WBAI...
Topics: @salalbanese, @nycmayoralprmary, @nycsaleofpubliclibraries, @nycacc, @nycanimalsheltersystem,...
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Sep 25, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Last week, striking workers staged a march across the Brooklyn Bridge and a rally in downtown Manhattan against Charter Communications, the owner of Spectrum cable--one of two cable operators with a monopoly in NYC. Local #3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) called for the demonstration, which was joined by thousands of workers from around the area from sympathetic unions like the Hotel Trades Council, the New York State Nurses Association, the Teamsters, and SEIU...
Topics: @ibew, @ibew#3, @christophererikson, @spectrumcable, @chartercommunications, @spectrumstrike,...
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Sep 24, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Last week, the world lost a pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Edith Windsor--the plaintiff in the precedent-setting landmark Supreme Court case granting  federal recognition and rights for same-sex couples that until then only straight couples were guaranteed--died last week at 88. In a recent interview, NY senator Kirsten Gillibrand called Windsor, “the grande dame of civil rights for gay Americans.” With us today are two people who knew Windsor well, the co-hosts of GAYUSA, the...
Topics: @edithwindsor, @marriageequality, @gayusa, @andyhumm, @annnorthrup, @ediewindsorslegacy
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Sep 24, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The national trend for workers in the United States has generally not been good, even if the economy was improving. With the decline of labor unions, the growing trend of right-to-work states and now an exclusively pro-business-at-any cost presidential administration in Washington, don’t expect improvements in the forecast. The latest insult is how the Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) won’t fight for Obama-era overtime rules. With us to explain this and other employment-related issues and...
Topics: @nationalemploymentlawproject, @nelp, @rajnayak, @overtimerules, @rightoworkstates,...
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Sep 18, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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As many of us watch in abject disgust and horror as the Trump administration tries to gut the federal agency charged with protecting our environment--the EPA--there are those right here in NY who believe it’s up to our state to step up and fill the imminent void. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of NY, talks about what has been happening in Albany to assure the state takes the lead to protect clean air and water, The Environmental Bill of Rights , and how the...
Topics: @environmentaladvocatesny, @eany, @peteriwanowicz, @trumpepa, @nyidc, @nyenvironmentalbillofrights,...
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Sep 8, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The development of Brooklyn's Bedford Armory in Crown Heights--which was sold to a well-connected developer for $1--has become a lightning rod for the community, and as a result, for the impending City Council primary race. Here on The Morning Show is Alicia Boyd, leader of Movement to Protect the People to discuss the race, to give an update on the controversial Armory deal as well as on other issues including the fact that the local Community Board chair is a real estate lobbyist. MTOPP.ORG
Topics: @aliciaboyd, @mtopp, @movementtoprotectthepeople, @bedfordarmory, @lauriecumbo, @musamoore,...
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Sep 8, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Last week, the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) certified Mayor de Blasio’s controversial plan to rezone the area in the Bronx around Jerome Avenue. This move was no surprise despite overwhelming opposition from the community--because, as we’ve discussed often on The Morning Show --DCP is now accurately perceived as an agency created to help developers and not actually plan--as evidenced by some of the problems brought up in the mandatory Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Here to...
Topics: @casanewsettlement, @coalitionforacommunityvision, @northwestbronxcommunityandclergycoalition,...
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Sep 4, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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WBAI radio's The Morning Show has covered pretty extensively the issue of how difficult it is for the city’s small businesses to survive, no thanks to our local government. It may be trendy to discuss this now, and lament the mass closings, but in the end, most of what the press and our elected officials are offering as solutions are usually distractions put forth by the all-powerful Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY) solutions which won’t solve much of anything. And, this issue is even more...
Topics: @smallbusinesscongressnyc, @coalitiontosavenycsmallbusinesses, @stevebarrison,...
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Sep 4, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Earlier in August, the NY City Council passed almost 20 bills considered to be ‘pro-tenant.’ But will these bills really make life easier for tenants--especially those facing different forms of harassment by their landlords and considering that the intrinsic culture at the city’s Department of Buildings won’t be changed in any meaningful way? John Fisher, creator and publisher of Tenant.net, has a lot to say about these bills, and believes timing is at the root of their passage.
Topics: @nyctenants, @tenant.net, @johnfisher, @nycbuildingsdepartment, @tenantharassment,...
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Aug 28, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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For long-time NYers, many expected big policy and ideological changes when “progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio was first elected--and who is up for re-election this year. And for many, we’ve been sorely disappointed--especially on matters of development or rather, over-development, and land use. In fact, the case could be made that Mayor de Blasio is not only an extension of the last two mayors….he’s actually been worse. Executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic...
Topics: @gvshp, @andrewberman, @nyctechhub, @dekooning, @nyclandmarkspreservationcommission,...
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Jul 29, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Did the de Blasio administration violate zoning laws in order to permit the construction of four mega-towers along the Chinatown/Lower East Side waterfront? What are the city’s responsibilities regarding the infrastructure and environment for a given community? And, have local elected officials been complicit on this, yet another gift for real estate developers. David Tieu, member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors ( LESON) and the Chinese Staff and Workers Association and...
Topics: @LESON, @maureenkoetz, @davidtieu, @twobrigesdevelopment, @nycdcp, @ulurp, @eis, @margaretchin,...
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Jul 18, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The world was shocked when it was disclosed in the 1970's that conditions at many NY state nursing homes were beyond atrocious. Accounts of patient abuse, fraud and corruption were rampant. As a result, NY became the nation’s first state to form a Medicaid fraud unit just to investigate potential problems and abuses. Over the ensuing 40 years, the creation of adult homes became what many believed to be a promising alternative to institutional nursing homes. Unfortunately, that hope has...
Topics: @legalaidny, @mfylegalservices, @mfjlegal, @judithgoldiner, @jotaborgmann, @nysadulthomes,...
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Jul 16, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Frequent guest, Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates discusses the state of city parks with WBAI radio's  The Morning Show.  As always, there was much to cover. New York City recently reneged on a decades-old commitment to replace parkland destroyed when the new Yankee stadium was built. The de Blasio administration now wants to build a housing complex instead on the lost 4-acres of park. Croft says the development planned is predominantly market rate with some 'affordable'...
Topics: @geoffreycroft, @nycparkadvocates, @crimeinnycparks, @nycparkinfrastructure,...
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Jul 16, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston, author of The Making of Donald Trump and founder of DCreport.org, joins WBAI radio's The Morning Show to give insight into the Trump administration and its many controversies. Facing this administration right now are what's adding up to be widespread allegations of collusion with Russia. Most recently, it was revealed Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian foreign agent to get dirt on his father's opponent in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton. The...
Topics: @davidcayjohnston, @dcreport.org, @themakingofdonaldtrump, @trumprussiancollussion, @felixsater,...
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Jul 9, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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In April, Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the federal Department of the Interior to review twenty years of national monument designations mostly in the West, despite overwhelming public opposition. Now, the Trump administration is moving forward with “radical expansion" plans according to Think Progress, to open the Alaska refuge to oil drilling. And, there is tremendous concern these actions are a prelude to the potential selling off of public lands. T he Wilderness...
Topics: @wildernesssociety, #defendourlands, #ourwild, @danhartinger, @trumpmonumentreview,...
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Jul 5, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Ride-sharing service, Uber, has been making A LOT of headlines of late--seemingly all negative. Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the NY Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) discusses Uber with WBAI's The Morning Show , f rom the recent resignation of its CEO for allowing a toxic workplace culture, to the company's recent admission it ‘accidentally’ underpaid drivers, and more. Desai explains Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, was forced to step down in the face of pressure from the company's largest...
Topics: @nytwa, @bhairavidesai, @uber, @traviskalanickresignation, @uberwagetheft, @ubertoxicworkculture,...
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Jul 3, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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The federal budget announced by the Trump administration last month was soundly rejected on both sides of  the aisle for its draconian social safety net cuts in programs like Meals on Wheels and after-school programs. There is talk that this budget is dead on arrival. But we in NY know all too well Donald Trump has a history of proposing something really terrible as a ruse to “compromise” on something only slightly less egregious, leaving the city and communities grateful for said...
Topics: @joelberg, @hungerfreeamerica, @americaweneedtotalk, @trumpbudget, @americansocialsafetynet,...
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Jun 23, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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With Pride weekend coming up, we at WBAI's The Morni ng Show feel it’s important to sort out what’s going on in the legal landscape for the LGBTQ community--particularly with the new administration in Washington. In May, Trump issued an executive order in a move many believed would expand so-called religious freedom exemptions otherwise known by many as licenses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law at NY Law School , Prof. Arthur...
Topics: @arthurleonard, @nylawschool, @lgbtqlegalissues, @kimdavis, @1964civilrightsact, @1972educationact,...
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Jun 20, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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With the mayoral primary and general elections fast approaching, many pundits and journalists believe NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will easily win a second term. But we say, ‘Not so fast!’ F ormer NYC Council Member, Sal Albanese, is starting to resonate with voters as a real alternative to de Blasio’s reign of pay-to-play and enriching his developer friends, and discusses his mayoral campaign with WBAI's The Morning Show Albanese explains his motivation for running is to "make the city...
Topics: @salalbanese, @voteforsal, @bdbpaytoplay, @albanesemasstransit, @nycmayoralelction,...
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Jun 18, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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According to the NY Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), New York state’s abortion law “ has not met constitutional standards for more than four decades.” That’s because only women whose lives are immediately threatened can obtain the procedure after 24 weeks, as it is still considered a criminal act. And yesterday, a coalition of reproductive and health advocates delivered 50,000 petition signatures to State Senate leaders demanding they pass bills ensuring contraception access and codifying...
Topics: @nyclu, @katharinebodde, @nysabortionlaw, @nysccca, @nysrha, @trumpglobalgagrule,...
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Jun 12, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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  On WBAI radio's The Morning Show , we’ve spent a great deal of time discussing real estate in this city. That includes analyzing Mayor de Blasio’s so-called affordable housing plan; inclusionary zoning, and the corporate welfare program for developers, 421a. But today, we’re looking at a different element, one about which many NYers aren't aware: that city gardens are once again at great risk. But this time, it’s the de Blasio administration--not Rudy Giuliani who is spreading the...
Topics: @feliciayoung, @azizdehkan, @earthcelebrations, @nyccgc, @nycgardensatrisk,...
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Jun 8, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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  After the controversial tax subsidy for developers--known as 421a-- expired in early 2016, the real estate industry and many of its enablers scrambled to salvage this lucrative corporate welfare program.  According to the NYC Independent Budget Office, the most recent plan put forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo--unironically called ‘ Affordable New York ’--would cost the city an additional $1.2 BILLION more over ten years than a previous terrible plan proposed by Mayor de Blasio. Here to...
Topics: @nycibo, @geoffreypropheter, @421a, @cuomosnew421a, @421aexpiration, @421acosts,...
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May 25, 2017 erhics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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WBAI radio's The Morning Show speaks to D-Ray, an organizer from the Queens Anti-Gentrification Project, who is part of a rare breed in NYC--an anti-gentrification organizer who is proactively trying to save his neighborhood. This is a contrast to what we see across the city where community after community has been put on the defensive against the daunting combined forces of city and state government, the all-powerful real estate industry, and the elected officials and non-profits who routinely...
Topics: @queensantigentrifcation, @flushingdevelopment, @jimmyvanbramer, @woodsidebid,...
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May 15, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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We’ve talked a lot on The Morning Show about the need for real, affordable apartments in NYC. With the rent regulated apartment stock under constant attack, we need these new units to be permanent, and to be accessible to the city’s neediest. Unfortunately, as we well know, mayoral administration after administration--especially under current Mayor de Blasio--despite promises and pledges up the wazoo, that’s not what’s being constructed. Here to discuss just the latest example is Norman...
Topics: @ayreport, @normanoder, @nychousinglottery, @pacificpark, @nycaffordablehousingneed,...
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May 12, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Kriston Capps, staff writer at  City Labs  talks to WBAI radio's  The Morning Show  about the controversial federal visa program EB-5, which is now most commonly linked to luxury housing development. According to Capps, EB-5 is a "complicated" program that was launched in 1990 to attract foreign direct investment. By funding $1M in a US investment opportunity, a foreign investor could then receive visas for him/her and family. A lesser investment of $500K targeting rural or...
Topics: @eb5, @kristoncapps, @citylab, @USluxurydevelopment, @eb5gerrymandering, @hudsonyards, @extelleb5,...
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May 3, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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Late last month, advocates for the city’s disabled filed a dual class action suit against the MTA for discrimination against wheelchair users and for excluding people with disabilities (PWDs). That means two suits were filed: one is the first case to ever challenge the MTA because more than 350 subway stations aren’t accessible to anyone who can’t use stairs; the second suit accuses the agency of not maintaining its paltry elevator system and was filed in federal court. Here to explain...
Topics: @CIDNY, @susandooha, @nyccurbcuts, @ADA, @lawsuitsagainstNYMTA, @subwayaccessibility,...
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Apr 28, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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According to a recent report by the Community Service Society (CSS), one-fourth of all low-income New Yorkers can’t afford subway or bus fares, an incredible statistic, especially when you consider the amount of wealth in NYC. Rebecca Bailin, campaign manager with the Riders Alliance --a grassroots organization working for better public transportation--talks to WBAI's The Morning Show about the fight for "Fair Fares," reduced fare Metrocards for low-income city residents. Their...
Topics: #fairfares, @ridersalliance, @rebeccabailin, @criminalizingpoverty, @communityservicesociety,...
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Apr 20, 2017 ethics ain't pretty, Jillian Jonas
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On WBAI radio's The Morning Show we have tried to consistently focus not only on local issues because we fear they have been and will be ignored--especially now in the context of what’s happening in Washington. But we also do it because we don’t believe the mainstream media or most elected officials are telling us the entire story--particularly when it comes to land use and real estate in this city. Our latest guest to help flesh out what’s really happening and how the real estate...
Topics: @lynnellsworth, @humanscale, @nycprogressives, @whoownsthesun?, @nycskyscrapers,...